Brandom Hernandez Ruiz

Albright College senior named Fulbright Scholar

Albright College senior Brandom Hernandez Ruiz, of Reading, Pa.,has been named a Fulbright Scholar.

A graduate of Reading High School and Chair of the Reading Youth Commission, Hernandez Ruiz is currently finishing his last semester co-majoring in Political Science and International Relations, and minoring in Legal Studies and Spanish at Albright.

Photo: Brandom Hernandez Ruiz

With plans to attend law school after Albright, Hernandez Ruiz has taken campus leadership roles in the International Student Association, pre-law society and academic affairs committee, while playing in the studio band and jazz combos.

In addition, he has been accepted to take part in Trials, a highly-competitive law school pipeline program, this summer. This fully subsidized study program is a partnership between Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the Advantage Testing Foundation for students of backgrounds who are underrepresented in the nation’s top law schools.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Hernandez Ruiz will head for Galicia, Spain in September, where he will teach English until June 2024.

“Your grant is a reflection of your leadership and contributions to society,” wrote Donna Brazile, chair of the presidentially-appointed 12 member Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, in a letter to Hernandez Ruiz.

“Fulbright alumni have become hears of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet members, CEOs and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers. They include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 McArthur Fellows and thousands of leaders across private, public and non-profit sectors.”

“This all feels surreal,” said an excited Hernandez Ruiz. “I have been hearing about the Fulbright program ever since my sophomore year thanks to Dr. Jogan.” An Albright College Professor of Spanish, M. Karen Jogan, Ph.D., was herself an undergraduate student in Madrid, Spain. She has received post doctoral awards for advanced research in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and Argentina. 

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